How to Search
|HOW TO SEARCH|
Basic Search is an ideal way to get started with your search. Just think of a word or phrase related to the information you’re looking for and type it into the search box.
You can use special terms, called Boolean operators, to build searches that combine and exclude the words and phrases that make up your search. Boolean searches allow you to combine words and phrases using the words AND, OR, NOT to limit, widen, or define your search. Good Web searchers should know how to use basic Boolean operators.
Use AND to find documents that contain all the search terms you are looking for. Use AND to narrow your search.
Use OR to find documents that contain any one of several search terms.
Use NOT to exclude a search term. Use NOT to narrow your search.
Using Phrases to Refine Your Search
If you’re searching for a specific phrase, place your phrase in quotation marks (” “). This lets the database know you’re looking for documents where the words appear exactly in order.
Examples: If you’re searching for information on animal hospitals for your cat, type the following: “small animal hospital”
Using Wild Cards
If you want to search for part of a word or a whole word that may have several endings, use a “wildcard,” commonly an asterisk (*), though some search engines use other symbols. It will improve search results and save you time. For example:
A search for legislat* will find the terms legislate, legislates, legislator, legislators, legislation, or legislating.
If you need help accessing or using the databases contact the staff at the library.
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